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Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst.  The resort island chain of Bermuda braced October 17, 2014 for a hit from Hurricane Gonzalo, forecast to produce flooding, strong winds and a life-threatening storm surge. The capital Hamilton was eerily quiet as people retreated to the safety of their homes. Schools, businesses, grocery stores and government offices all closed early Thursday, and many people boarded up the windows of their homes and placed sandbags outside in preparation. As of early Friday, Gonzalo's winds were whirling at 125 miles (200 kilometers) per hour, with even stronger gusts, the US National Hurricane Center said. Gonzalo has already killed one person in the Caribbean and triggered a hurricane warning for the British overseas territory, which is home to around 60,000 people.

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Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst. The resort island chain of Bermuda braced on Friday for a hit from Hurricane Gonzalo, forecast to produce flooding, strong winds and a life-threatening storm surge

Miramar Air Show in San Diego, California...epaselect epa04434113 Children watch a US Army parachute demonstration team at the Miramar Air Show, one of the largest military air shows in the world, in San Diego, California, USA, 05 October 2014.  EPA/DAVID MAUNG

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Children watch a US Army parachute demonstration team at the Miramar Air Show, one of the largest military air shows in the world, in San Diego, California, US

Firefighters battle the King Fire in Fresh Pond, California

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Firefighters battle the King Fire in the community of Fresh Pond in El Dorado County, California

A woman (C) walks amongst US national flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University to honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks in Malibu, California on September 9, 2014. The students placed some 3,000 flags in the ground in tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims lost in the attacks almost 13 years ago. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTONMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

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A woman walks among some 3,000 US national flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University Malibu, to honor the victims of the September 11 2001 attacks

Horses walk through flood water behind a home in Moapa, Nev., Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Flooding throughout the area damaged homes and roads. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Horses walk through flood water behind a home in Moapa, Nevada. Flooding throughout the area damaged homes and roads 

Earth seen from the International Space Station...epa04383191 A handout picture made available by NASA on 04 September 2014 shows a view of Earth taken by NASA astronaut Gregory Reid Wiseman of the US from the International Space Station (ISS) on space, 02 September 2014. The Expedition 40 crew has been busy on the ISS performing health checks and humanoid robot upgrades. A trio of orbital residents is packing up gear as they prepare to return home in less than two weeks. Commander Steve Swanson powered down and stowed Robonaut 2 after wrapping up its mobility upgrades this week. He installed new legs on the humanoid robot including external and internal gear as well as cables. This sets the stage for more upgrades in the fall before Robonaut takes its first steps as an assistant crew member. Robonaut was designed to enhance crew productivity and safety while also aiding people on Earth with physical disabilities.  EPA/NASA/REID WISEMAN  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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A view of earth taken by Nasa astronaut Gregory Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station, where the Expedition 40 crew have been performing health checks and humanoid robot upgrades 

Protests over Michael Brown shooting...epaselect epa04363300 National Guard watch from a small hill top a couple blocks away as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, 21 August 2014. The National Guard is to withdraw from Ferguson, Missouri as nearly two weeks of often violent protests have finally waned. Only six arrests were logged overnight in the town, which saw a more peaceful night after steady protests related to the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a policeman.  EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

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Members of the National Guard watch from a small hilltop two blocks away from protesters in Ferguson, Missouri 

Protests over Michael Brown shooting...epa04363296 Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, 21 August 2014. The National Guard is to withdraw from Ferguson, Missouri as nearly two weeks of often violent protests have finally waned. Only six arrests were logged overnight in the town, which saw a more peaceful night after steady protests related to the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a policeman.  EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

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Demonstrators protest the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, as the National Guard announces its withdrawal from the town as calm descends following two weeks of often violent clashes 

Protesters stand in the street as lightning flashes in the night sky in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Lightning flashes over protesters on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. 

HMS Plymouth to be scrapped...A statue from Another Place by Anthony Gormley is seen in the foreground as HMS Plymouth is towed away from Liverpool to be scrapped. The warship was part of the mission during the Falklands war and is on its way to Turkey where it will be scrapped.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 20, 2014. See PA story DEFENCE Plymouth. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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A statue from Another Place by Anthony Gormley is seen in the foreground as HMS Plymouth is towed away from Liverpool to be scrapped. The warship was part of the mission during the Falklands war and is on its way to Turkey where it will be scrapped. 

South Korean special police officers descend the stairs from subway station during an anti-terror exercise as part of Ulchi Freedom Guardian or UFG in Seoul, South Korea.

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South Korean special police officers enter a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, during an anti-terror exercise as part of Ulchi Freedom Guardian, an annual joint military operation between South Korea and the US

Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri...Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters on Monday after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)

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Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters on Monday in Ferguson, Missouri, after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman 

Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri...Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters on Monday after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST)

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Police officers aim their weapons at demonstrators, having fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. 

Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man...FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 17:  Tear gas reigns down on a woman standing with her arms raised in the street after a demonstration over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Despite the Brown family's continued call for peaceful demonstrations, violent protests have erupted nearly every night in Ferguson since his August 9, death.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Tear gas rains down on a woman standing with her arms raised after a demonstration over the killing of teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson policeman in Missouri

Combination photograph shows in sequence a protester throwing back a smoke bomb while clashing with police in Ferguson, Missouri

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A sequence in which a protester throws back a smoke bomb while clashing with police in Ferguson, Missouri. Police fired several rounds of tear gas to disperse protesters late on Wednesday, on the fourth night of demonstrations over the fatal shooting last weekend of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen Gives Semiannual Monetary Policy Report To Senate Committee...WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15:  Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen arrives for testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee July 15, 2014 in Washington, DC. Yellin delivered her "Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress."  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen arrives for testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in Washington, DC. Ms Yellin delivered her semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress. 

American League's Brian Dozier, of the Minnesota Twins, took the plate following a rain delay in the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Brian Mark Peterson)

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American League’s Brian Dozier, of the Minnesota Twins, took the plate following a rain delay in the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby on Monday in Minneapolis 

Men lift a replica of a boat, known as a "Moorish Galleon," during celebrations ahead of the "Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel" in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Men lift a replica of a boat, known as a Moorish galleon, during celebrations ahead of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Every year, the Italian-American community of the Williamsburg neighbourhood reenacts a fourth century pageant at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to commemorate the return of the Bishop of Nola, San Paolino, after being held in captivity for two years by North African conquerors. The galleon represents the boat that San Paolino returned to Nola on. 

A Chinese woman adjusts the Chinese national flag near U.S. national flags before a Strategic Dialogue expanded meeting that's part of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Thursday, July 10, 2014.

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The US and Chinese national flags are prepared ahead of a meeting that forms part of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Thursday.

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Lightning strikes One World Trade Center in Manhattan as the sun sets behind the city after a summer storm in New York on Wednesday